Light Cognitive’s Oculus Artificial Skylight Mimics The Real Thing

Designed by Light Cognitive for a retail client in Barcelona, the Oculus artificial skylight reproduces the colors, contrast and clarity of the skies above—even though it doesn’t offer a true view of the outside. Throughout the course of a 24-hour cycle, Oculus conveys the rich warm hues of a sunrise, clear blue sky by midday and the dimming of the evening sun. Not only does …

Interview: Michelin-Starred Chef Romain Fornell on Barcelona’s Culinary Chops

Insight on Fornell's forthcoming Barcelona restaurant, Grand Café Rouge, opening in Odile Decq's Antares

In 2001, at 24 years old, chef Romain Fornell won his first Michelin star (for Chaldette in Lozère, France) and became the youngest person to achieve the honor. Four years later, Fornell earned his second, but it just so happened to come by way of a restaurant in Spain. This restaurant, Caelis (now a Catalan institution) embodies the exemplary, international cuisine of Barcelona. Since, it …

Word of Mouth: Barcelona

Several stunning spots to visit in one of our favorite cities

From the tight medieval alleys of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter to Eixample’s carefully planned, uniquely shaped octangular blocks (the cut-off corners transform every intersection into more open plazas), Barcelona bursts with history, spirit, and inspiration—it’s a city that renders even the most fervent minimalist design lovers speechless and transforms them into romantics, with a little help from Gaudí and friends. In between the voluptuous, biomorphic, elaborate, …